Barb Shook

Cystic fibrosis fundraiser inspired by late farmer

Celebrate cystic fibrosis month in Campbell River with two different fundraisers to help in the fight against this deadly disease

May is Cystic Fibrosis (CF) Awareness Month. Throughout the month, Cystic Fibrosis Canada shines the spotlight on 4,000 Canadians living with this fatal genetic disease, by raising awareness and funds for life-saving CF research and care.

“Every week, two children are diagnosed and one person dies from this devastating disease in Canada,” said Maureen Adamson, CEO of Cystic Fibrosis Canada. “Too many young lives are cut short by cystic fibrosis; almost half of the sufferers who die do not live to see their twenty-fifth birthday.”

The Campbell River chapter of Cystic Fibrosis Canada kicks off CF month with the launch of A Treasury of Cranberry Recipes cookbook.

The book was compiled by Barb Shook who worked diligently to bring the book to completion. Shook was inspired by Beth Hamilton, a long-time volunteer for the Campbell River Chapter who passed away two years ago. The Hamilton family owned and managed Iron River Farms, a local cranberry farm.  When their son, Michael, was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis, Hamilton worked tirelessly for the CF cause, even when her own health was failing.

Shook said she could think of no better way to honour Hamilton’s memory than by producing this excellent recipe book with all proceeds going to help in the fight against cystic fibrosis.  Jo-Ann Wallis, president of the Campbell River Chapter has already bought the book as a Mother’s Day gift and hopes other people will do the same.

Wallis says “ the book is full of quick, easy and nutritious recipes – we are so grateful to Barb Shook for all her hard work in putting the book together.”  The $15 book published by Ptarmigan Press can be purchased at Coho Books, Appleseed Cottage, Stonehouse Teas, Kask Graphics or by calling Shook at (250) 923-7828 or e-mail sbshook@shaw.ca

Campbell Riverites are also invited and encouraged to take part in the Great Strides Walk, which happens on Sun., May 27 in almost 70 places across Canada.

In Campbell River the Great Strides Walk will take place at Penfield school. For more information on the walk go to www.crcf.ca or call (250) 850-0875.

Cystic fibrosis is the most common fatal genetic disease affecting Canadian children and young adults.

It is a multi-system disease that affects mainly the lungs and the digestive system.

Most deaths related to cystic fibrosis are due to lung disease. Currently, there is no cure.